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Sarr soars to top pick in latest NBA mock draft

14 Nov
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Perth Wildcats star Alex Sarr as shot to the top of the latest NBA mock draft from The Athletic's highly-respected writer Sam Vecenie.

The French NBL Next Star talent has been on an upward trajectory ever since he signed with the Wildcats in May.

Already touted as a first round NBA draft prospect at the time, Sarr's star has risen again and again over the past few months.

Whether it be his performances against the G League Ignite, during the Blitz on the Gold Coast, or across the first seven rounds of the NBL season, the 18-year-old has taken all before him.

Now, according to Vecenie, Sarr looms as a legitimate option as the number one overall pick at the NBA Draft. 

"He’s looked the best of the guys who have played in games so far, and the guys who have played so far are the ones in this class with the upside that most enthuse scouts," Vecenie wrote. 

"Sarr is a little more than 7-foot tall with real length, but his athletic fluidity is more important, as he slides his feet incredibly well for a big man. A big phrase gaining buzz in NBA scouting circles right now is "ground coverage".

"In today’s NBA, where there is more shooting than ever and better, more well-spaced offenses, it is essential for great defense to be able to cover as much ground as possible. The ability to do so through length and movement, whether in off-ball help defense or in switching on the ball, is a differentiator for prospects.

"Sarr covers ground on defense better than any player in this class. He flies around the court, both as a rim protector and in help rotations."

Read Vecenie's full mock draft here

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